Of this book, based on his lectures at Lake Forest College in 1911, Josiah Royce wrote, â€śIt is one of the easiest of my books to read, . . . it contains the whole sense of me in a brief compass.â€ť It is Royceâ€™s philosophy of religion in general. The essays aim at religious unity and emphasize communal religious experience based on a faith shared by a communityâ€™s members through their authentic loyalty and deeds of service. It is an urgently needed counterpoint to William Jamesâ€™s individualistic views in Varieties of Religious Experience. Through his unique essay on â€śThe Religious Mission of Sorrow,â€ť Royce offers a healing remedy for a world suffocating with sufferings.